calvity

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin calvitium (baldness), from calvus (bald).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

calvity (plural calvities)

  1. (uncountable) Baldness.
  2. An area of skin that has become bald.
    • 1972, Patrick O'Brian, Post Captain:
      He wore his own hair – what there was left of it: short tight curls round a shining calvity, though he was in his thirties, no more – and he looked like one of the fatter, more jovial Roman emperors […].

Usage notes[edit]

  • (baldness): The synonymous form calvities is more common. Though one appears to be the other's plural, in fact both forms are uncountable.